October Pieces Of My Mind #1

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1970s fish-themed sculpture in Fish-sätra
  • Movie: Looper (2012). Something about time travel, mob murders, psionic mutants, gunfights and lots of Emily Blunt sweaty in attractive sunset lighting. Grade: OK.
  • Got an issue of the Swedish Cemetery and Crematorium Association’s magazine. On the cover is a picture of a woman making a Vulcan salute. The blurb calls her a Star Wars fan. But then I notice that she has a Jedi tattoo along with the words “May The Force Be With You”. So she’s screwing with us.
  • Our toaster is unusually large and sounds like a trebuchet.
  • How do I invest early in the future goldmine that will be Take A Dump On 45’s Grave tourism?
  • When googling for something obscure I came across this on skeevy bitcoin site. “When douching over a stave or a anti-exciting tee, one should pleasant select the horn-tipped paints. You do ribbit a in-spite staple composting for this click here”
  • A memory. I enjoyed Mika Waltari’s 1945 novel about ancient Egypt as a teen. One of my mom’s New Age buddies hinted significantly that the novel was too accurate to be fiction. Might the author be channeling a spirit or was it reincarnation?
  • Saw a fox tonight. Such a pretty creature. Very fortunate to live in a country where the environment has steadily improved during my lifetime.
  • George Innes played both the jester Wamba in the 1982 Ivanhoe movie and the rune-casting soothsayer in Stardust from 2007.
  • I thought Run DMC woke Aerosmith out of a hiatus. They did not. There’s album after album after album.
  • Realisation: I wasn’t first in the family with an international relationship. My mom dated a Turk in her youth, and my kid brother’s first girlfriend was a Kurdish wench named Nilgün. No wonder I settled down with an Imperial Han Princess.
  • Lentils, chickpeas, cabbage, spices, oil, water. Yum!

Author: Martin R

Dr. Martin Rundkvist is a Swedish archaeologist, journal editor, skeptic, atheist, lefty liberal, bookworm, boardgamer, geocacher and father of two.

9 thoughts on “October Pieces Of My Mind #1”

  1. Re toaster sounds like a trebuchet – if it has/develops the action to match, we’re on to something.
    BTW, it feels like years since I saw that word used to mean anything other than a fairly ugly MS Word font.
    I’m off to douche over a stave now.

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  2. Instead of Loppet, I would recommend The Source Code- the protagonist gets quantum entangled with a body in a time line that has split off from ours, therefore he can “go back” without a paradox. As I understand it, by the act of going back in time, he makes the time line he interacts with split off, so you get parallel world lines in the multiverse.

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  3. ” hinted significantly that the novel was too accurate to be fiction.”
    of course this raises the question, how does new age buddy know what is accurate, in a story about ancient Egypt ?
    a working memory of a previous life himself would be the only way to be sure..

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  4. The Aerosmith hiatus you are thinking of is their absence from the hit parade for over a decade. They had a big hit with “Dream On” circa 1973, but they had gone well over a decade without a hit before they teamed up with Run DMC. That brought them to the attention of a new generation of music fans, and they went on to have several hits after the “Walk This Way” remake.

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  5. Anything else fun in that Swedish Cemetery and Crematorium Association’s magazine? That woman is not the only fan of both Star Trek and Star Wars. I hope the article wasn’t about Klingon funerals.
    The professional magazine in the US, at least until that late 1980s, was Casket and Sunnyside, apparently the result of a merger like Sky and Telescope. Jessica Mitford used it as a major source in her 1964 critique of the US funerary business, The American Way of Death. I read it back in the 1970s. It was absolutely hilarious. I don’t know what the current trade magazine is or if there even is one. I know onion growers swear by Onion World and steel makers used to read Iron Age, but the golden age of trade group magazines is in the past.
    We don’t have foxes in our neck of the woods, or, at least, I haven’t seen any. We do have otters and fishers, but I associate foxes more with the east coast.
    I was in NYC last week and I was pretty impressed with the new street infrastructure. There are a lot more separated bike lanes and a lot of people using them. I’m still not used to seeing guys in suits riding bicycles, but they’re quicker than taxis. I couldn’t tell if they were wearing ankle guards to keep their pants cuffs out of the chain. That was always my problem. The closed 14th Street to through car traffic, and it was weird to see buses actually moving. Traffic was still wretched, but some of that was the Guatemala Day parade back to back with the Columbus Day parade.
    Off to Ethiopia next. Will report on bike lanes in Addis Ababa.

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      1. If it doesn’t, you can just tuck your pants into your socks, or roll up the right leg far enough to keep it clear of the chain – it doesn’t look too flash, but I presume none of us are movie stars or male fashion models. In Oz I used to have some spring steel bicycle clips to put around the bottoms of my pants legs which worked well, but I can’t find them anywhere now. Plenty of skin tight neck to ankle lycra (like I’m going out in public wearing that stuff), but no bicycle clips.

        I think the urban commuter type bikes all have chain guards, though, especially in flat places where a little bit of extra weight is no big deal.

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  6. I was curious about that Mika Waltari book, so I checked out Amazon. I assume it was ‘The Egyptian’. It’s a “Rediscovered Classic”. Some of those rediscovered classics are pretty good. I’ll need some airplane reading. From the Amazon blurb:
    “First published in the United States in 1949 and widely condemned as obscene, The Egyptian outsold every other novel published that year, and remains a classic; readers worldwide have testified to its life-changing power.”
    It was made into a movie! It is available on DVD! From the Amazon blurb for the DVD:
    “This officially licensed release from South Korea is All-Region NTSC Code 0 (playbale [sic] worldwide) with Dolby Mono Sound in ENGLISH. NO English Subtitles with optional Korean subtitles ONLY and **NON REMOVEABLE CHINESE SUBTITLES are displayed during play**.”
    It sounds very international. I have been warned.

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  7. Chinese subtitles are pretty annoying because they tend to be fairly big and stick up a long way. (Hence the warning in upper case, I guess.)

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